Next Regular Meeting

Mon May 15 @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Club Repeater Listings

K4BO145.3300-127.3WBFM
K4BV147.1500-127.3WBFM

Local Repeater Listings

KI4RF146.6550-103.5WBFM
WD8JTJ146.8350-103.5WBFM
W2DU146.8650-NoneWBFM
KV4EOC147.2400-123.0WBFM
WV4ARS147.3150-NoneWBFM
NY4Z442.1250-94.8DMR
KC4HFL443.2125-NoneDMR
KE4NZG443.8250-114.8WBFM
KI4RF444.1750-156.7WBFM
W4RPT444.2000-103.5WBFM
NP4ND444.2500-103.5WBFM
W4TAM444.8500-127.3WBFM

DBARA Regular Meeting - Monday, May 15th, 2017

Our next regular meeting is Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 7:30pm, right after our FCC Testing Session at 6:00pm. First Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Grandview Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32118.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday - Portable Ops - Reed Canal Park
Wed Apr 26 @ 09:00 am
Wednesday - Portable Ops - Sunrise Park
Wed May 3 @ 09:00 am
Wednesday - Portable Ops - Veterans Park
Wed May 10 @ 09:00 am
Club News
Another successful tailgate.
"Contact Sport" by J.K. George N3BB
Vote for April's Meeting
Classifieds
Looking to Sell - Astron VS-35M Power Supply - by NW0LF
Looking to Sell - Hustler 4BTV vertical including 30 meter add on kit. - by N4KS
Looking to Sell - FREE-40' 2 section crank up light duty tower - by NW0LF
News Feeds
Happy Birthday, Guglielmo Marconi!
Geomagnetic Storm Watch Remains in Effect
South Africa cancels 2,100 Ham Radio licences

Happy Birthday, Guglielmo Marconi!

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017, 8:27 am by ARRL

Happy Birthday, Guglielmo Marconi! #ARRL #HamRadio#NationalInventorsMonth #HappyBirthdayMarconi

Geomagnetic Storm Watch Remains in Effect

Posted on Monday April 24, 2017, 3:18 pm by QRZNow.com

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says a minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for April 24-26, due to the continued influence of a large, recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). A coronal hole is an area of the Sun where the magnetic field folds back, and solar wind escapes. This follows on the heels of an unexpected coronal mass ejection (CME) impact on April 22.

Conditions on HF are no better than fair, with conditions on the higher bands (17 through 10 meters) deemed poor. A G1 warning had been in effect until 1500 UTC today.

The odds of a G1 storm are 50-50. The upside is that the CH HSS increases the chances of auroral displays at lower-than-typical latitudes. NOAA says migratory animals are affected at the G1 and higher levels, and aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes (northern Michigan and Maine).[Read More...]

South Africa cancels 2,100 Ham Radio licences

Posted on Sunday April 23, 2017, 7:53 pm by QRZNow.com

South Africa’s ICASA has cancelled 2,100 Amateur Radio licenses, believed to be more than 1/3rd of the total, for non-payment of licence fees

SARL News reports:

At the quarterly SARL/ICASA Liaison meeting held this week, ICASA confirmed that 2 100 amateur radio licenses were cancelled for non-payment of licence fees. Over the past few months, the League has reminded radio amateurs in news bulletins, newsflashes and on the web to ensure that their license payment are up to date. In December, last year the League sent e-mails to members who were in arrears and whose licenses were about to be cancelled. This week another 143 members were e-mailed again.

ICASA sends invoices at the beginning of each year but many do not reach their destination, often caused by licensees not updating their addresses. The regulations are clear that the responsibility to pay the annual fee is on the licensee and that ICASA is under no obligation to take responsibility for non-delivery of invoices.[Read More...]

Live Webcast of the Dayton Hamvention with Prizes!

Posted on Friday April 21, 2017, 2:31 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Hamvention webcast

W5KUB.Com will again be webcasting the Dayton Hamvention live for 6 full days (48 plus hours of live webcast) beginning May17 through May 22.

We will be giving out thousands of dollars in prizes to our viewers.

Please watch on W5KUB.COM or if you are there in person please come by and see us at booth 5006.

Thanks, de W5KUB

(SOUTHGATE)

HamVention in Xenia, OH Opens on May 19th

Posted on Friday April 21, 2017, 11:01 am by ARRL

When #Hamvention® opens on May 19 for the first time in Xenia, Ohio, the focus of #ARRL activities will be the ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. ARRL will sponsor a slate of forums on all 3 days of Hamvention. http://ow.ly/30ld30b3eo2 #HamRadio

THIS WEEKEND (last second notice) WestVARS Tailgate

Posted on Tuesday April 18, 2017, 4:26 pm by Volusia ARES

First I've heard of it, but...

April 22nd, 2017 starting at 8am at 303 E. International Speedway Blvd, Deland, FL 32724

This Saturday April 22nd 2017 will be the Westvars tailgate & ARES public event. It will be held at the Deland Lowe’s located at 303 E International Speedway Blvd, DeLand, FL 32724. The tailgate starts at 8:00 AM and end around 12 PM or 1 PM.

ARES will have a HF and VHF station setup to promote amateur radio and emergency service to the public. Everyone licensed or not are welcome to participate and get on the air. To practice emergency deployment we ask for volunteers to arrive at 7:30 AM to help assemble the antenna and equipment.

The FCC fined a New Yorm man for making unauthorized transmissions on the NYPD bands

Posted on Monday April 17, 2017, 10:58 pm by ARRL

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ARRL EXPO will Anchor League’s Hamvention Presence

Posted on Monday April 17, 2017, 12:46 pm by QRZNow.com

At Hamvention® 2017 in Xenia, Ohio, on May 19, 20, and 21, ARRL EXPO will provide a spacious area focusing on ARRL activities. The ARRL Store will be the central focus of ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of theGreene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, where visitors will be able to peruse and purchase a wide array of ARRL publications, supplies, and official League merchandise. They’ll also be able to join, renew, or extend their ARRL memberships. A limited supply of complimentary ARRL EXPO 2017 pins will be available. With ARRL Field Day (FD) looming on June 24-25, ARRL will offer an inventory of official ARRL FD gear, including T-shirts, pins, hats, mugs, and posters. ARRL EXPO exhibits will include:[Read More...]

World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Marks IARU’s 92nd Anniversary

Posted on Wednesday April 12, 2017, 5:56 pm by QRZNow.com

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) on Tuesday, April 18, will mark the 92nd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and radio amateurs around the world will take to the airwaves to celebrate the day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society” in the WARD theme.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” IARU’s history notes. Amateur Radio pioneers, including ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.[Read More...]

Message from W4CFH

Posted on Monday April 10, 2017, 4:34 pm by Volusia ARES

To all my Colleagues and Friends,

As those close to me know, I am not good with goodbyes so I do apologize to those who feel offended that I have left having written only this letter, without personally shaking their hand and exchanging best wishes.

I have so many people to thank for their support and dedication that it is impossible to personally get to see you all with the short time that was available.

I truly am humbled to have worked with such a group of "get in and get it happening people" and I am so proud of the achievements that you have accomplished both in the operation and (for quite a lot of you) for your own personal accomplishments.

To the various teams, including Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Community Emergency Response Team, CoCoRAHS, and Hacienda Veterans, efforts and contributions have been outstanding. I have learnt so much from you and now possess a greater understanding of the difficulties in volunteer organizations.
To those of you that I had the opportunity to coach and or set goals for, I commend each of you for your achievements and hope that you continue to succeed.[Read More...]

ARRL: Locating Power Line Noise with Mike Gruber, W1MG [ Video ]

Posted on Monday April 10, 2017, 10:21 am by QRZNow.com

ARRL’s Interference Expert Mike Gruber, W1RM, takes his nose for noise to California, where he shows you how to hunt down a noise source in a real-world example. Recorded on location in Pleasant Hills, California, April 2015.

Another successful tailgate.

Posted on Saturday April 8, 2017, 10:09 pm by AJ4MQ

Unfortunately, things became a bit last minute to get things advertised correctly, but we still had a good time.

Same-Band “Dueling CQs” Now Prohibited in All ARRL Contests #hamradio

Posted on Wednesday April 5, 2017, 6:04 pm by QRZNow.com

ARRL has clarified its contest rules to clearly prohibit the practice of interleaved CQs — also known as “dueling CQs” — on two or more frequencies in the same band. The clarification is an extension of existing rules that permit only “one transmitted signal,” and it formalizes what had been a “gentleman’s agreement.”

“ARRL reviewed it, concurred that this is technically occupying two channels, and in consultation with several members of the Board of Directors — who had been contacted by concerned parties — and the Programs and Services Committee, it was concluded we needed to ‘clarify’ our existing rules,” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said.

An explanatory paragraph points out, “The intent of the rules has always been that a participant would use/occupy only a single channel in a given band, changing frequency in band from time to time leaving a CQ frequency to work a multiplier or to change the CQing frequency as band occupancy or changing propagation dictated, and this rules clarification will now give the needed added clarity to that intent.”[Read More...]

3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition update

Posted on Wednesday April 5, 2017, 4:28 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

It was announced on the 3Y0Z Web page, March 27th: Franz, DJ9ZB, will be unable to join us in the Bouvet DXpedition. We enjoyed working with Franz on Malpelo and regret losing him.

Many of you know Pista, HA5AO, who will now be joining our team.
Pista is well know for his previous DXpeditions, innovative talents, humanitarian projects, problem solving abilities, and operating skills.
It is a pleasure to have him with us on the Bouvet Island DXpedition.
http://www.bouvetdx.org

[Read More...]

SARL Autumn QRP Contest

Posted on Wednesday April 5, 2017, 4:27 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The Autumn QRP Contest will be on the air on Saturday 8 April from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC. This contest is intended to be fun activities to promote QRP operation between radio amateurs.

Using homebuilt equipment or operating as a portable/field station and using temporary antennas is encouraged, but is not a requirement.

The first hour is limited to the 40 m band only, the remaining two hours the contesters are free to use any HF (non-WARC) band as they see fit. Comply with the contest-preferred segments as detailed in the general rules. You may use SSB and CW with 5 watts (PEP) output or less and a station may be worked once per band per mode.

The exchange is a RS or RST report and your Grid locator, please use the full 6-character grid locator. e.g. KG41ad and please consider exchanging realistic RS(T) signal reports. With DX contacts the locator information can be omitted.

Each contact counts 1 point, each South African call area 0 through 9 counts as a multiplier and each DXCC country worked counts as a multiplier. There is also a Station type multiplier.[Read More...]

Free App Allows Blind Hams to Work PSK31

Posted on Wednesday April 5, 2017, 4:25 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

A free, new app — Accessible Digipan — has been released that allows blind hams to operate PSK31. The download includes the app, audio tutorials, detailed written guides, and additional helpful resources, plus DigiPan PSK31 and PSK63 software.

ARRL member Richard McDonald, KK6MRH, and Jim Snowbarger, WA0PSS — both blind — developed the program. “Until now, blind hams worldwide have not had any accessible program to work PSK31,” McDonald said. “Now they do.”

Accessible Digipan brings together the most popular screen reader, JAWS, and DigiPan, McDonald said, and the app will work with many different kinds of rigs, interfaces, and Windows versions.
http://accessibledigipan.org/

(ARRL)

30th International Marconi Day Event Set for April 22

Posted on Wednesday April 5, 2017, 4:19 pm by AJ4MQ

Dozens of official “award stations” have registered to take part in the 2017 International Marconi Day (IMD) event, this year being held on April 22, 0000-2359 UTC (starting on April 21 in US time zones). All contacts counting toward the Marconi Award must be made on HF with registered stations, but other participating stations do not need to be registered to claim awards. This year marks the 30th IMD, held each year to mark the anniversary of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi’s birth on April 25, 1874. IMD is observed each year on a Saturday close to Marconi’s birthday. Many special event stations — some operating from Marconi-related sites — will be on the air. Marconi Award certificates are available for both transmitting stations and shortwave listeners (SWLs).

The event is not a contest but an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using HF communication techniques descended from those used by Marconi, and to earn an award certificate for working or hearing a requisite number of Marconi stations.[Read More...]

"Contact Sport" by J.K. George N3BB

Posted on Tuesday April 4, 2017, 6:59 pm by AJ4MQ

Fellow DBARA members. I recently read the book "Contact Sport" by J.K. George N3BB and highly recommend it. It is "a story of champions, airwaves, and a one-day race around the world". It will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is available at Amazon.com and your local bookseller.

Enjoy and 73,
Ken Stuber N4KS
New Smyrna Beach

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Read the first section free on Amazon.com!
https://www.amazon.com/Contact-Sport-Champions-Airwaves-One-Day/dp/1626342369

New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters

Posted on Friday March 31, 2017, 4:16 pm by QRZNow.com

It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spells out the details. It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

“It’s a big win for the Amateur community and the ARRL,” ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said. “We are excited by the FCC’s action to authorize Amateur Radio access for the first time on the MF and LF spectrum. As amateurs begin using these new allocations in the next few weeks, we encourage the entire Amateur Radio community, as secondary users, to be especially attentive to the rules.”[Read More...]

ARRL 2017 Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology Accepting Applications Until May 1

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 3:53 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

ARRL is accepting applications for summer 2017 Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology sessions until May 1. This summer’s sessions will be held in Dayton, Ohio — hosted by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) — and at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. (DARA also helps to sustain the program as a generous contributor.”) Past participants who have completed the introductory (TI-1) course may consider signing up for the advanced (TI-2) session on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. These expenses-paid, intensive professional development opportunities offer educators training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom using Amateur Radio.

Introductory (TI-1) ARRL Teachers Institute sessions will take place July 17-21 in Dayton, Ohio, and July 24-28 at ARRL Headquarters in Connecticut. One advanced (TI-2) ARRL Teachers Institute class will be held July 10-13 at ARRL Headquarters.[Read More...]

Talks on Possible 4U1UN Reactivation Continue

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 3:52 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

United Nations Headquarters Amateur Radio club station 4U1UN representatives are still in talks with the UN Department of Public Information with an eye toward permanently reactivating the station. Although within the geographical confines of New York City, 4U1UN qualifies as a separate DXCC entity.

“Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to plead our case to the new administration as well. Keep your fingers crossed,” said a post this week on the club’s Facebook page. “4U1UN might be back on the air soon!”

Earlier in March, the club alerted its Facebook page visitors to reports that a pirate identifying as 4U1UN was operating on RTTY. The station was on the air for real in 2015. To commemorate the UN’s 70th anniversary that fall, 4U1UN operated as 4U70UN from a station set up at a ground-level garden area within the UN Headquarters complex.[Read More...]

KC0W DXpeditions

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 3:51 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Tom, KC0W, posted the following on his QRZ.com page:

"My next multi continent DXpedition will start 17 April, 2017.
Unfortunately it WON'T include Equatorial Guinea & Annobón due to not being issued the licenses.

"Regardless, these upcoming DXpeditions should still generate good interest.

"I'm also considering (gasp, wheeze) operating RTTY & PSK due to high need. No SSB operation will take place. CW #1.
Full information soon."

OPDX

(SOUTHGATE)

Vanuatu operation

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 3:50 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Chung, VA7YM, will be active as YJ0YM from Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035) between April 6-17th.

Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31.
He will have a Elecraft KX3 w/PX3 into an Ultralight Hexbeam (from MW0JZE) and End Fed Wire antennas.

QSL via EA5GL.

OPDX

(SOUTHGATE)

Netherlands get 5 MHz ham radio band

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 3:50 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The Netherlands State Gazette for March 28, 2017 announced that on April 1 Dutch radio amateurs will have the new 5 MHz band agreed at WRC-15

The World Radio Conference 2015 allocated 5351.5-5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service with a maximum permitted transmission power of 15 Watts EIRP.

The Gazette notice also removed the cross-band and duplex restrictions on 50.45-52.0 MHz and 70.0-70.5 MHz.

VERON story in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/Netherlands-Gazette-2017-03-28

Gazette Number 17502
https://www.veron.nl/…/2017/03/60-meter-per-1-april-2017.pdf

(SOUTHGATE)

Here is a deal for those who need a push up pole, and a dandy one at that

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 9:34 am by SkyWarn

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First & second section can hold up to 3' flag, totally fly 2 flags at the same time
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Posted by: Charlie Hennis w4cfh

OL7M installed monster G0KSC 28MHz system

Posted on Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8:53 am by QRZNow.com

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After one year in the making, the contest team at OL7M have finished the construction and installation of 4 x 6 element 28MHz G0KSC OWA Yagis. This incredible video takes you through this amazing project from concept to completion, it is worth a watch!

Project photo blog: http://ok2zaw.blogspot.cz/

Details on self-build G0KSC antennas can be found at www.g0ksc.co.uk

Official commercial versions of G0KSC antennas can only be found at www.innovantennas.com

We've lost Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall doing what they do best

Posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017, 10:06 pm by SVLMedia LLC

Family, Friends and Fans,

It is with great sadness that we have to bring this news to you. On March 28th 2017, Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall were doing what they do best, chasing severe weather near Spur, Texas. Unfortunately, neither of them were able to survive their injuries. Our hearts are broken, and we are at a loss for words, but can't even begin to imagine what their families are going through! These were two great men, and for those who were lucky enough to know them, you know exactly what we mean. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family of Corbin Jaeger, the storm chaser in the other vehicle. As chasers, we know the dangers of what we do, and these men knew and had great respect for those same dangers. We ask that you keep all of these mens families and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Also that we continue to do what our passion is, documenting severe weather so that lives can be saved. As chasers, we hear from people all the time that our footage or our reports prompted them to seek shelter, and for that we must continue! We will press on, as hard as it is but we will never forget!

4U1UN Reactivation Continue

Posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017, 8:37 pm by QRZNow.com

United Nations Headquarters Amateur Radio club station 4U1UN representatives are still in talks with the UN Department of Public Information with an eye toward permanently reactivating the station. Although within the geographical confines of New York City, 4U1UN qualifies as a separate DXCC entity.

“Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to plead our case to the new administration as well. Keep your fingers crossed,” said a post this week on the club’s Facebook page. “4U1UN might be back on the air soon!”

Earlier in March, the club alerted its Facebook page visitors to reports that a pirate identifying as 4U1UN was operating on RTTY. The station was on the air for real in 2015. To commemorate the UN’s 70th anniversary that fall, 4U1UN operated as 4U70UN from a station set up at a ground-level garden area within the UN Headquarters complex.[Read More...]

Interesting gadgets I wish I had time for

Posted on Monday March 27, 2017, 8:06 pm by KB6NU

I’m on a lot of mailing lists and participate in a bunch of amateur radio forums. As a result, I see a lot of interesting gadgets that guys are buying or are thinking about buying. Here are three of the latest that look interesting to me. I wish I had time (and money) to purchase all of these and try them out.

Android antenna analyzer[Read More...]

90th anniversary of G6YL

Posted on Monday March 27, 2017, 3:47 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The late Barbara Dunn G6YL recalled that she first heard Morse code at the age of 10

In 1906 a talk and demonstration of wireless was given at her school and she eagerly volunteered to take part in the demonstration. She remembered sending SOS in Morse and said she was thrilled.

Barbara lived in the Essex village of Stock and in 1923 her father purchased a wireless set to listen to the new British Broadcasting Company transmissions from 2LO in London on 350 metres (857 kHz). In early February 1923 while listening to 2LO she noticed a rasping kind of interference on the transmission. She was unable to tune the interference out so decided to try and find out the cause.

In those days most of the smaller ships operating in the Thames still used spark transmissions which spread over a wide frequency range and it was these spark Morse signals on 600 metres (500 kHz) that Barbara had been picking up.[Read More...]